Archives for May 24, 2009

Fallen Warriors

One of the things that struck me in travels through Scotland and the Canadian Maritimes was the monument in every town. Most of them were tiny, just a handful of names from each war-not because few died, but because the town was that small. The memorial at Edinburgh Castle, on the other hand, is of…

Junk DNA is like bigfoot. If a zoologist says something like “Hmmm… it would be cool to find bigfoot” all the other zoologists jump on him or her, drag the poor sap into the alleyway, toss on a blanket, and beat the scientist with rubber hoses until the movement stops. Same with junk DNA. If…

Linux tip: GUI ssh/ftp

ftp is for transferring files over networks, and ssh is for doing that plus more. These are pretty easy to use command line tools, but there is a program in Gnome that provides an excellent GUI interface for them. gFTP: To comment on this post, please visit this open thread on my old blogs. The…

You have noticed, no doubt, that the latest and most common banner ads on Scienceblogs are for Americanchemistry.com, a blogospheric entity representing a handful of Chemistry special interest organizations. (“Without chemicals, life itself would be impossible.” and all that.) Which is fine, who cares? But what I want to draw your attention to is the…

Yes, my comments are borked

Something is wrong with my site. Comments appear to be totally screwed up. This situation started on Friday, and I informed Scienceblogs Central of this. Since then I’ve been off the internet, wandering through the wilderness in the Great American Southwest. The tech people are aware of this, but I have not heard any details…

hat tip Bora, where you can find more.

Radical Librarianship

John Dupuis is the Head of the Steacie Science & Engineering Library, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada. And now he is blogging at Science Blogs about all sorts of radical librarian stuff. Check it out.